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FALL 1993 

11 a.m. 

12 p.m. 
2 p.m. 

3-6 p.m. 
8 p.m. 

Fling wide the Red and Black 

Thank You Day 

Friday, October 22 

,m. Joint board meeting, Belk Centrum 

.m. Lunch on the Quad 

n. Convocation honoring donors and volunteers of Centennial 

Renewal Campaign-P.E. Monroe Auditorium, followed by 
sealing of Time Capsule, Cromer Center 

p.m. Campuswide Tours, Reception at President's House 

n. Dance to the Kampus Kats, Cromer Center 

Homecoming '93 

Saturday, October 23 

11:15 a.m. 

10 a.m. Homecoming parade 

11:15 a.m. 17th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony- 

P.E. Monroe Auditorium 

11 a.m.-l p.m. Homecoming Cookout behind Cromer Center (hotdogs, 

hamburgers & the works-$5 per person, $2 children 8 and 

2 p.m. Kickoff, L-R Bears vs. Wofford Terriers-Moretz Stadium 

Post-game Queen's Reception, Cromer Center Lobby 

2 p.m. 

REUNIONS will be held for classes of '53, '68 and '83. If you are a member of 
one of these classes and have not received reunion information, contact the 
Office of Alumni Relations, 704-328-7171. 

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President's perspective 

What's ahead 



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Tammy Wilson 


Nora Crump 
Clarence Pugh 
Denise Johnson Smith 
Tom Neff 

Linda Bradshaw 
Stevi Dozier 

Nora Crump 
Olive Johnson 
Linda Suggs 

© Copyright 1993 by Lenoir-Rhyne 
College, Hickory, N.C. Lenoir- 
Rhyne, founded in 1891, is a 
private liberal arts institution 
affiliated with the North Carolina 
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran 
Church in America. This publica- 
tion is designed to inform alumni, 
parents, faculty, staff and friends 
about accomplishments, personali- 
ties, activities and events at the 


German 'visitor' likes L-R 7 

Grace Ranson: student in Bonn 8 

Sprechen Sie Deutsche? 9 

Clerical collars in our midst 10 

Church news 11 

On the right path 14 

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Mission in Croatia 20 

Sports preview 21 

Bear Tracks 23 

Class Notes 27 

Planned giving 31 

ON THE COVER: Symbols of our 
heritage surround the L-R seal, 
(clockwise, from top) Rhyne Tower, 
Martin Luther, Heinrich Weidner's 
stein, 1720 German translation of 
New Testament, College founder R.A. 


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seems an island amongst its 

With more Lutheran churches than 
any other county in the state, Catawba 
bucks the Southern Baptist tradition. It's 
not uncommon in Catawba to find more 
than one Lutheran church within earshot 
of another. 

Just how did that come to be? The 
reasons go back to the original German 
settlement by Heinrich Weidner in 1749. 

Weidner came to settle in the Jacob's 
Fork area of what is now southeast 
Catawba County after visiting the area as 
a trader with the Catawba Indians, 
according to Sidney Halma, executive 
director of the Catawba County Museum 
of History. 

Weidner, a German who had moved 
from a large German settlement in 
Pennsylvania, moved south because of 

"One reason the Catawba Valley was 
selected was that the terrain 
reminded them of the area of southern 
Pennsylvania from which they had 
come," says Halma. 

Weidner, while not a religious man 
himself, paved the way for other Ger- 
mans to settle in the area. Within the 
next 20 years, more than 400 German 

families had settled in the area. 

Halma, whose son Brian, is a 
sophomore at Lenoir-Rhyne, is working 
with Dr. Gary Freeze, professor of 
history at Erskine College, on a history 
of Catawba County to be published next 

The Germans who had immigrated to 
America were primarily affiliated with the 
German Reformed or Lutheran churches. 

Heinrich Weidner (Henry Whitener) brought 
this German beer stein with him when he 
settled in what is now Catawba County. 

They came to North Carolina together, 
settled together, built churches together 
and worshiped together. 

The first church to be erected in 
Catawba County was Old St. Paul's 
Church in 1759. Both the German 
Reformed and Lutherans used the 
church for worship with some services 
conducted jointly. 

"The people came together to set 
aside a place of importance," says Halma. 
"Old St. Paul's Church became a commu- 
nity center." Through the decades that 
followed, the German influence contin- 
ued. German was the spoken language 
among the settlers through the early 
19th century. 

The earliest settlements are located 
in what is now southeastern Catawba 
County. The Hickory area did not 
become densely populated until after the 
Civil War and coming of the railroad 

"Primarily, Hickory was composed of 
people who were not from Catawba 
County," says Halma of the late 19th 
century. "Hickory had a marriage of 
Northern capital and Southern 

Interestingly enough, Lenoir-Rhyne 
was not the only college founded in 
Catawba County in the 19th century. The 
first college founded was Catawba 
College in Newton in 1852 by the 
German Reformed Church, which later 
became the United Church of Christ. 

Because of financial problems, 


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Dr. William P. Cline 

Rev. Andrew L. Crouse 

Dr. Robert A. Yoder 


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Catawba later moved to Salisbury where 
it is currently located. Other colleges 
were Claremont College for women, 
Concordia College in the 1870s affiliated 
with the Lutheran church, St. Paul's 
Seminary in Hickory and South Fork 
Institute, a Baptist college in Maiden. 

Halma says this points to characteris- 
tics embedded in the German heritage of 
the area. 

"The philosophy has been working 
hard for what you get, the belief that 
everybody contributes, religion plays an 
important part of your life and frugality 
pays off," says Halma. "It took a great 
deal of courage for the people to get 
behind a college. L-R was fostered by 
ministers who went into the community 
and reinforced the college." 

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One needs only to look at the 
names of L-R's four 
founders to see our distinct 
German heritage. Yoder, Crouse, Cline 
and Moser - all familiar names for 
anyone in the Catawba Valley - herald 
back to the German heritage of the 

Since its beginnings in 1891, L-R 
has offered German as a language; it 
was a requirement when the college 
first opened its doors! But looking 
around Lenoir-Rhyne today shows few 
tangible visages to the college's 
German roots. 

Jeff Norris, director of institutional 
research and planning at L-R, and an 
author of Fair Star, A Centennial 
History of Lenoir-Rhyne College, specu- 
lates that a combination of time, 
intermarriage and even ambivalence to 
Germany may be to blame. 

The early years 

When Lenoir College was founded, 
it was officially part of the Evangelical 
Lutheran Tennessee Synod which 
branched off from the N.C. Synod in 
part because its members wanted to 
hold on to German traditions. The 
group parted ways with the N.C. Synod 
in 1820 and continued to hold its 
services and conventions in German 
for another 30 years. 

According to Norris, one of the 
college's founders, the Rev. Andrew L. 
Crouse, professor of ancient languages 

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and theology, was particularly strong in 
his allegiance to preserve the German 
heritage as reflected in his writings. 

Many of the college's earliest 
professors, including the founders, 
were of German descent. O.P. Rein for 
many years was professor of modern 
languages while Enoch Sachs, a 
graduate of L-R, joined the faculty in 
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before retiring in the early 1930s. 

But in the 1920s, there was a 
change afoot, says Norris. 

Following World War I when the 
German army fought on the opposing 
side of the United States, there was 
much bitterness to the homeland. To 
distance themselves, the German 

descendants Anglicized their names. 
Rein became Rhyne, Sachs became 
Sox, and Weidner became Whitener. 

Even the college's name perhaps 
was altered to distance itself from 

It was in 1922 also that Daniel Efird 
Rhyne, a Lincoln County industrialist, 
made the offer of $200,000 to Lenoir 
College for the $400,000 campaign 
Lenoir College Appeal, provided the 
college could match the gift and the 
name be changed to Daniel Rhyne 

The college's board accepted the 
offer and submitted a request to 
change the name to Daniel Rhyne 
College to the N.C. House of Represen- 
tatives. But alumni and other support- 
ers protested the name change, and 
instead suggested that the college 
hyphenate its name to make Lenoir- 
Rhyne College, which Rhyne endorsed. 

At its next meeting in April 1923, 
the board approved the alternate name 
and forwarded the request to the synod 
and the legislature which approved the 
request in August 1924. But some- 
where along the line, the hyphen was 

"Some people felt that the hyphen- 
ated name was associated with Ger- 
many because hyphenated surnames 
were popular there," says Norris. 
"That's the only plausible explanation I 
find for it. It's a legend." 

O.P Rein is credited as being the 
"Hero of the Hyphen," because for more 
than 50 years he and Robert Fritz had 
urged the college to restore the hyphen 

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to the college's name. Rein came 
forward to offer the college a gift of 
$5,000 to the endowment fund if the 
hyphenated name was restored. 

Finally, in 1976, the board accepted 
the offer and Lenoir Rhyne once again 
became Lenoir-Rhyne College. 

Dr. J. Larry Yoder, professor of 
religion and director of the lineberger 
Center for Cultural and Educational 
Renewal and the Honors Program, 
speculates that much of the Germanness 
may be lost simply because of the age of 
the settlement of the area. 

Yoder, whose great-grandfather's 
brother was L-R's founding father Dr. 
RA Yoder, says L-R is unlike many of 
the Midwestern Lutheran colleges. 

"One gets a very strong conscious- 
ness of Norwegian heritage at St Olaf 
College, the Swedish heritage at 
Gustavus Adophus, and one cannot 
escape the German heritage of Texas 
Lutheran," Yoder says. "But at L-R, the 
German heritage is not 100 years old or 
120 years old; it's more like 220 years old. 

"The most obvious tie we carry 
forward is the Lutheran tradition which is 
by its roots German," says Yoder. "That 
is foundation to our being." 

More modern times 

Though the distancing continued 
through the 1930s and 1940s, by the 
1950s Americans had become more open 
to the Germans. In 1952, Hans G. 
Heymann, a German native, former 
soldier and P.O.W., joined the faculty and 
became chairman of the English depart- 
ment succeeding longtime chairman 
Albert Keiser. 

Through Heymann's urging, L-R also 
gained another German native, Dr. 
Werner Keller, professor of German 
from 1960 to 1986. 

Keller recalls he was working as 
office manager at Coble Dairy in 
Asheboro at the time, and Steve Shuford, 
then in the business department, visited 
his church on Lenoir-Rhyne Sunday. 
Shuford told him about Heymann who 
had come to L-R after being captured 
by the U.S. Army in World War II and 

Dr. Werner Keller with hymnal given at his 
confirmation in Saxony. 

held prisoner at a camp in Lexington, 
N.C. Heymann left his native country 
following the war and came back to 
North Carolina in search of opportunity. 

Heymann was to notify him when an 
opening came up in the German 

During his time at L-R, Keller 
became involved in the academic as well 
as spiritual communities at L-R In 1976, 
he with the Rev. Louis Rogers, college 
chaplain, began the Reformation Day 
service conducted in German. 

"After 30 years, I had to use my 
memory to write the liturgy for the 
service," Keller recalls. "As far as the 
hymns are concerned, I 
tried to use the ones M 

that were familiar in 

those used 
in the 
were "A 

Fortress" and "Now Thank We All Our 

"Trie entire service was done in the 
German language with the English 
translation given for those who did not 
know German," says Keller. "Trie A 
Cappella Choir even sang everything in 

In Germany, the churches are 
divided by areas so each church has 
somewhat of a different flavor. Hie 
Reformation Day service was based on 
one done according to the order used by 
the Evangelical Church of Saxony where 
Keller grew up. 

Yoder, who was chaplain at L-R from 
1977 to 1982, says the service was 
originally started to coincide with the 
nation's bicentennial and continued 
through the early 1980s when it was 

Today, although many of the tradi- 
tions of the German founders have 
waned on campus, there seems to be 
another change on the horizon. 

Annually, since 1986, the Downtown 
Development Association has sponsored 
OktoberfesL The festival spans over 
three days and draws visitors to the 
Hickory area for days of food and crafts 
and evenings of music. This year 
Oktoberfest will be held October 8-10. 

In addition, the Catawba Valley is 
home to a number of German-owned 
businesses which have drawn an 
increasing number of German natives to 
settle here. 


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Christoph Klingspor 

German 'Visitor' likes what he sees 

Christoph Klingspor isn't a Lenoir-Rhyne graduate. 
He's never taken a class here and, in fact, never 
heard of the college until he moved to Hickory 13 
years ago. 

Now, he's active on the Board of Visitors and takes 
pride in being among our strongest supporters. 


"I like what I see at L-R," he says with a smile. "The 
atmosphere on the campus, the interaction of the personnel 
and the students." That kind of camaraderie is a positive 
that Americans tend to ignore, an advantage Klingspor 
wishes he had experienced growing up. The son of a 
successful German industrialist, Klingspor completed the 
professional track of "grammar school", received his abitur, 
or high school diploma, and then completed a business 

Living in America wasn't in his plans, but when market 
conditions were right, Klingspor's father decided to take 
the abrasives manufacturing process to the United States. 
Jackson Buff, a major customer, was in Conover, so it only 
made sense to be close by. 

Klingspor's involvement with L-R came later, as a 
byproduct of his daughter's education. A few years ago, he 
hired L-R associate professor Werner Schulz to give 
Christina some German lessons. 

"I wanted to pay him, but he wouldn't take anything," 
Klingspor says. Undaunted, he made a donation to the 
German department. Soon after, he found himself on the 

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L-R Business Council and was later nominated to the 
Board of Visitors. He enters his second term this fall. 

Now having been involved with his daughter's PTA, 
and having observed the American work force and educa- 
tional system for several years, he remains impressed. 

"Parents are much more involved here, which is good," 
he says. The interaction with parents as well as students 
with teachers reinforces our ties to schools. Not so in 
Germany. There, school reunions — well-attended ones, 
anyway — are rare. The difference probably has much to 
do with a lack of participation, especially school sports. 

"People here take a great interest. The games tie 
people together," he says. "We have nothing like that in 
German schools. There, you have a game and just a 
handful show up." As a result, there is less school loyalty 
or school spirit. One's alma mater means little, he says. 

But in spite of our tendency to criticize our schools, 
Klingspor insists that we have much to be proud of. 

"From what I see, the American system is much more 
user friendly. When I was in school, we had to learn a lot 
by heart. One thing I remember was a passage that took 
20 minutes to recite. And you ask, what is the use? What 
is the intent of learning that?" 

Although things are changing in both countries, the 
American system still does a better job of making educa- 
tion relevant, he believes. 

"Students and teachers relate better here. The notion 
that American schools are not as good is nonsense." 



in Bonn 

a capital idea 

Talk about putting your German to work! 
That's precisely what Grace Ranson did this past 
summer. Miss Ranson, a rising senior from 
Charlotte, says she wouldn't trade the experience for 

While working as an au-pair (nanny) in Bonn and 
taking classes at the university there, she took advantage 
of travel opportunities as well. On her itinerary: the cities 
of Cologne, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Munich, Heidelberg, 

"I was embraced by wonderful, warm people who are 
willing to help you learn their language," she says. "I 
knew it would be a great opportunity not only to learn 


German, but to actually live with a German family and see 
their culture and lifestyle first-hand." Her German host 
father is a computer programmer and her host mother 
works in a spa. They have two children, ages 5 and 2. 

Miss Ranson learned about the summer opportunity 
through the German Embassy in Atlanta. She was 
originally to be placed with a family in Munich, but when 
another one surfaced in Bonn, she chose that. 

"Bonn is a great place to travel to other places," she 
says. The former German capital also enhanced her visit 
because of its political connections. Because many 
embassies — including the American Embassy — are located 
there, travelers are welcome and feel safer. 

The summer wasn't all fun and no work, however. 

"Every day was a learning experience," she comments. 
"But being away from my parents for so long made me 
realize that they are very important to me. Even though I 
missed my own family, all of my experiences in Germany 
were good." Then again, she credits much of that to her 
L-R German professors, Gabriele Weinberger and Werner 

"They are incredible professors," she says. "Coming to 
Germany was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I 
only wish I would have become interested in the language 
before my sophomore year." 

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A hundred years ago, students at Lenoir-Rhyne had to take German 
and Latin. While Latin has gone the way of the bustle skirt, 
. German-though no longer required-is here to stay. Maybe it has 
something to do with our German heritage and Lutheran connections. 
Perhaps it has more to do with German dominance in technical fields. 
What ever the reason, Lenoir-Rhyne students wanting that competitive 
edge in today's job market have come to the right place: Lenoir-Rhyne's 
language department. 

Werner Schulz and Gabriele Weinberger are both native speakers. 
Schulz is originally from Breslau, Germany and Weinberger was born 
near Munich. Both say their students take German for various reasons. 

"Because businesses at some point have international transactions and 
contacts usually with Germany, students majoring in business realize its 
importance. Most students take German at L-R because of their keen 
observation of the economic environment," says Ms. Weinberger. 

Then too, most students who take German at Lenoir-Rhyne are from 
out-of-state, observes Schulz. "Most area high schools do not offer 
German and students from this area who take German literally start from 
scratch. It's not a difficult language to learn. Most people take Spanish or 
French because they believe it is easier than German." He wants to dispel 
that myth. "In fact, German gets easier as you go along where as other 
foreign languages get tougher." 

Schulz likes to see students interested and encourages their participa- 
tion. He likes his classes to be animated and fun. When he taught in 
Kenyon, Ohio, a cat walked into his classroom and he picked up the 
animal to illustrate. He said, "this is a cat," in German and as he was 
talking, the cat had an "accident." Needless to say, the class broke into 

Both agree that Catawba County and the Hickory area look very 
similar to their homeland. 

"Even though it is warmer here, the climate is basically the same-mild 
and moderate," says Ms. Weinberger. 

'The landscape of North Carolina and Catawba County look a lot like 
Germany and for that reason, many 18th and 19th century German families 
settled in this area. A trip to St. Paul's Church cemetery in Newton will 
confirm the fact that this area has had a large German influence," says 

And the German influence continues as more German-based compa- 
nies are moving to the Catawba County and North Carolina area. In fact, 
the Hickory area now claims eight German owned companies and nearly 
150 such companies are located in the state. In fact, North Carolina has 
been formally courting German businesses for more than 30 years and was 
the first state to open an overseas economic development office in 
Germany in 1974. The state has more workers employed by German- 
owned companies than all but four states — one reason Mebane, N.C., was 
believed (as PROFILE went to press) to be the front-runner in the contest 
to land a Mercedes auto plant employing 1,500 workers. 

Many students are realizing that German is a technical language. 
Learning it in college can only enhance their marketability when 
graduation rolls around. 

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Pastor professors 
abound at L-R 

In 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne College was founded by four 
Lutheran ministers as a "college for teachers and 
preachers." That tradition remains today 103 years 
later. Nine college faculty and staff are ordained ministers 
with another four holding degrees in divinity - in all more 
than 10 percent of L-R's faculty! 

From its more overt church-related ceremonies such as 
Wednesday morning chapel to the less visible such as a 
faculty member counseling a student, Lenoir-Rhyne maintains 
ties to the church without apology. 

"It seems like I'm always talking to students about their 
problems," says Dr. Michael CD. McDaniel, professor of 
religion and director of the Center for Theology. "I feel it's 
part of my calling." 

As former bishop of the N.C. Synod of the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church in America, McDaniel sees L-R as keeping 
its faith in times when some institutions are backing away. 

"I'm very proud that we have two courses required of 
every student about Christianity," he says. "We don't just give 
lip service to our beliefs. We try to teach students how to 
apply their faith to their life." 

How to apply faith to life, that's what the clergy-faculty 
members show in their lives. 

Each of the nine ordained faculty members are active in 
their church as supply ministers. Two - Dr. J. Larry Yoder, 
professor of religion and director of the Lineberger Center for 
Cultural and Educational Renewal as well as the Honors 
Program, and A. Curtis Paul, director of learning resources - 
serve as full-time ministers. Yoder recently accepted a call to 
Grace Lutheran Church in Newton while Paul has been the 
interim pastor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Lincolnton for 
the past 12 years. 

Paul says in his position at the Carl A. Rudisill Library, he 
counsels students, assistants and his staff. 

"You never get away from being a pastor," he says. 

Yoder says he felt the call to ministry while a student at 
L-R. When he graduated, he attended Lutheran Theological 
Southern Seminary and received his first call to Christ 
Lutheran Church in San Diego. Three years later, he was back 
in school, at Duke University pursuing his doctorate. 

'The work that I do at the college is enhanced by the work 
I do in the parish and the work that I do in the parish is 
informed by the scholarship of the teaching," says Yoder. 

Dr. Bob Spuller, vice president for academic affairs, points 
out that on any given Sunday, L-R faculty are preaching across 
the Catawba Valley. 


Gathered on the Quad are (left to right) bottom: Dr. Harold Haas, 
Dr. Joe Glass, Dr. Don Just. Top: Curtis Paul, Dr. Michael McDaniel, 
Dr. Richard Mazak. Not shown: Dr. David Ludwig, Ted Thuesen, 
Dr. Larry Yoder. 

"When they're in the pulpit, they're representing the 
college," Spuller says. 'There's a public relations benefit in 

Dr. Don Just, chaplain, explains that the clergy-faculty feel 
that teaching is simply their way of accepting God's call just as 
some minister from the pulpit. He tries to consult with the 
clergy-faculty frequently on how the chaplain's office can 
better serve the college since the faculty are on the front lines 
with students. 

Dr. Richard Mazak, associate professor of physics, 
exemplifies that. During his career, Mazak has switched 
between the ministry and teaching physics. For him, the leap 
back and forth is a natural fit. His father was a minister in the 
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod which prompted the 
younger Mazak to follow his footsteps. 

He attended Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis 
and Washington University simultaneously. After graduating 
from seminary, Mazak began teaching college physics at 
Concordia College in Milwaukee. He taught first semester 
physics while he was literally one semester ahead of his 
students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Along the 
way, he assisted his father in the parish. 

From there, he completed his master's and doctoral 
degrees in physics. 

In 1971, he tried his hand in the corporate world and later 
was pastor at a church in San Angelo, Texas, before coming to 
Newton as pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church. In 1991, 
he joined the faculty of L-R. 

'This is where I'm supposed to be at this time," Mazak 
says. "I'm hoping that my students pick up what I'm about and 
what the point of it is. 

'The intellectual challenge seems to be to question 
spirituality and debunk it," he says. 'The intellectuals treat it 
as not much better than superstition while I think that 
spiritual things are the only real things." 

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T^he Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Theology will host its 
first major conference Nov. 18-20 to examine 
original scholarship concerning Thomas Aquinas 
and Martin Luther. 

The "Aquinas/Luther Conference," the first major 
conference for the center, will bring together distinguished 
scholars for the presentation and discussion of original 
scholarship on the two theologians. 

Lecturers will include Dr. Peter Kreeft of Boston 
College, a popular young Roman Catholic author and 
teacher; Dr. George Lindbeck of Yale Divinity School, a 
highly respected elder statesman of Lutheran theologians; 
Dr. Bruce Marshall of St. Olaf College, widely regarded as 
one of the leading members of the new generation of 
Lutheran theologians; and Dr. Harry McSorley of St. 
Michael's College, University of Toronto, a distinguished 
Roman Catholic theologian perhaps best known for his 
book, Luther - Right or Wrong? 

Dr. H. Harding Meyer of the Institute for Ecumenical 
Research in Strasbourg, France, will be the keynote 
speaker and respondent at the conclusion of the 

Intended to become an annual event, the Aquinas/ 
Luther Conference will be the first regular theological 
lecture series anywhere to be established for the purpose 
of examining in the light of each other's thinking 

to be studied 

what these two great Lutheran and Roman Catholic 
theologians had to say. 

Dr. Michael CD. McDaniel, director of the center and 
professor of religion, says he hopes the conference will 
foster a greater understanding between the churches. 
"If the Catholic church of today affirms that Martin 
Luther was not that different from Thomas Aquinas, then 
we may not be as far apart as we once thought we were," 
says McDaniel. 

'The potential for such explorations for a deeper 
understanding of each heritage - not to mention ecumeni- 
cal significance - has already sparked nationwide interest 
in the conference by clergy and laity of all denominations." 
The conference will open on Thursday, Nov. 18, with a 
festival ecumenical vespers service in P.E. Monroe Audito- 
rium, with special music provided by the Lenoir-Rhyne A 
Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble, and members of the 
Western Piedmont Symphony. Meyer will speak, introduc- 
ing both the topic and entire conference series. 

On Friday and Saturday, the lecturers will present 
various aspects of the approach of Aquinas and Luther to 
faith and reason, followed by a panel discussion allowing 
members of the audience to particpate. On Friday night, 
the center will host a banquet featuring the Rev. Dr. James 
R. Crumley, Jr., retired bishop of the Lutheran Church in 

The Center for Theology was 
dedicated two years ago to serve the 
theological community of clergy and laity 
of all denominations. 

For more information on the confer- 
ence or to reserve a space, call or write 
McDaniel at The Center for Theology, 
Lenoir-Rhyne College, Campus Box 7533, 
Hickory, N.C. 28603, or call him at 
(704)328-7183 (office) or at home at 

Dr. H. Harding Meyer Dr. Peter Kreeft 

Dr. Bruce Marshall 

FALL 1993 


Town /gown 
helps sell 
Hickory area 

Lenoir-Rhyne so permeates the community, it's 
impossible to think how life would be without the 
college. Make that quality of life. 
"Having a four-year college definitely elevates the 
standing of the community when it comes to recruiting new 
businesses," says Ken Atkins, president of the Catawba 
County Economic Development Commission (EDC). 
Working on behalf of the county and eight municipalities, 
Atkins' job is to sell the area to prospective companies and 
help local busineses expand. "A community today must 
offer more than just water, sewer, roads and other infra- 
structure improvements. 

"We're competing in a global market, literally," Atkins 


C B 

The Metro Area is served by four colleges and 13 high schools. 
Lenoir-Rhyne (A), a four-year college, has a long tradition in 
the Metro Area. Three two-year community colleges, Catawba 
Valley (B), Western Piedmont (C) and Caldwell (D) are 
located in the Hickory Metro Area. 

says, noting that "the EDC has marketing materials printed 
in four languages." Also, a new brochure sells the 
"Hickory Metro" which includes Lenoir, Morganton, 
Taylorsville and Hickory as the state's fourth largest metro 
area. Successfully drawing newcomers requires a healthy 
blend of business and community assets. 

"It usually comes down to a quality issue. L-R figures in 
when it comes to education, culture, entertainment and 
conference facilities. Those are often the determining 
factors," he says. 

Hickory Mayor Bill McDonald echoes that sentiment. 
"We really do compete in a global economy," says 
McDonald. "And L-R definitely makes this area more 
appealing, it's such an integral part of the community. 
Faculty and spouses are involved in city 

government on boards and commis- 
sions and they're involved in the 
culture and civic life." Then, 
too, the city does its part. 
Though he never 
attended L-R, 
McDonald, like many 
area residents, consid- 
ers the college a jewel 
in the community 
crown. A former 
member of the Board 
of Visitors, says that 
experience plus his 12 
years as mayor have 
allowed him to grasp 
the extent L-R has 
impacted the area. 
Of course, the facts 
that his mother was 
the late Professor 

FALL 1993 


Small world 

If you doubt for a minute this is a small world, just ask 
Chuck Ewart. Does he have a story to tell! 

"I went to a Chamber conference in Frankfurt last year 
and stayed in Germany only 72 hours," he explains. '"We 
were addressed by Dr. Hans Kremp of the Frankfurt 
Chamber, and afterwards, I went up to introduce myself. 
When I gave Dr. Kremp my business card, he gave me this 
surprised look." 

'"Hickory, North Carolina?' he said. 'My daughter Aya 
is enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne College!' She had wanted to 
study in the United States and chose L-R because of the 
hearing impaired program." 

Ewart said they struck up an immediate friendship. 
Since then, he's often thought of the slim chance even 
meeting an L-R parent in Germany during such a brief 
stay. "Dr. Kremp's enthusiasm spoke highly of the kind of 
quality programming the college offers," says Ewart. "You 
can honestly say L-R has an international reputation." 

Chuck Ewart 

Annie Laurie Keyes and wife Susan is an L-R alumnae, do 
bias him a bit. Even so, McDonald personally signs 700 
letters of welcome to incoming students each summer. On 
his own time. You have to respect the place to do that. 

"Look around and you see students who came from out 
of town — even out of state — who went to L-R and then 
decided to stay. Hickory and the whole Unifour have 
benefited tremendously from having the college here." He 
cites the number of business and civic leaders, educators 
and Lutheran pastors who have put their L-R experience to 

Ken Atkins 

Mayor McDonald presents Hickory Keys to the City to members of the 
L-R men's basketball team after their return from the Elite Eight in the 
NAIA tournament in Kansas City last March. 

work here. 

Still another important 
L-R cheerleader is Chuck 
Ewart, executive director of 
the Catawba County 
Chamber of Commerce. 
An alumnus of Erskine 
College in South Carolina, 
he has worked in admis- 
sions for his alma mater 
and for Brenau College in 

"I have not seen a 
town/gown relationship 
like this one," he says. 
"Without exception, L-R 

and its people are willing to help in the community and the 
community is always willing to give back to the college." 
The Chamber coordinates Freshman Orientation every 
year to make new students feel welcome, Ewart explains. 
"And you only need look to the Centennial Renewal cam- 
paign to see how the community truly supports the col- 

He adds that the Chamber and the business community 
at large regard L-R as an important business. 

"Your product is well educated, well-rounded men and 
women who we hope will remain in the area to pursue their 
careers and raise families. It's good for the community and 
it's good for business. What you have is a very strong, very 
positive relationship." 

FALL 1993 



On the right 

When Erin Johnson first came 
to the Lutheran leadership 
program three years ago, 
she was quiet and shy. 

Now Leadership Pathways, 
formerly known as Construction 
Company, has brought Miss Johnson 
back for the third time, and she's more 
confident in herself and her faith. 

"I think that Pathways has been 
the greatest influence to me in grow- 
ing in my faith and spiritually," says 
the young member of A Mighty 
Fortress Lutheran Church, Char- 
lotte. "This has helped me get out 
into the church community." 

Lenoir-Rhyne College has 
hosted the leadership conference 
aimed at Lutheran high school 
students since the program's 
inception in 1985. 

This year, Leadership Pathways 
was held on campus in June. Forty- 
one Lutheran youth from 15 
Lutheran churches throughout the 
state and 10 adult leaders attended. 
The program is divided into three 
levels - or paths - according to the 
students' age and years in the pro- 
gram. Miss Johnson is one of the third 
year participants and says she would 
recommend it to her peers. 

"It's so nice to be able to talk to 
someone about your faith and have 
them really listen," she says. "In my 
personal life, I don't seek people out to 
talk about my beliefs, but I try to show 
them through my life." 

But there's far more to the 


program than Bible readings. Leader- 
ship Pathways seeks to teach students 
ways to nurture leadership from a 
Christian perspective. 

Says Scott Southern, event coordi- 
nator and member of Good Shepherd 
Lutheran, Raleigh, the program 
gradually builds up their students' 
innate leadership styles. 

The first level looks at different 
types of groups and styles of leader- 
ship. Level two focuses on decision- 

leadership program," says Bryan 
Phillips, a third-level student from 
Good Shepherd, Raleigh. 

This year, he served as president 
of the Eastern Conference of Lutheran 
Youth in North Carolina and credits 
the experiences he has had with 
Leadership Pathways/Construction 
Company for his success. The skills 
Phillips learned in the short program 
are also easily transferable in his 
school experiences. 



making while the third level looks at 
the servant leader and conflict 

Although the days are much 
consumed with sessions on leader- 
ship, there's still plenty of time for fun 
as one day the students participated in 
Wacky Olympics. In the games, the 
students did such Olympian feats as 
"shaving" another person while blind- 
folded and picking up M&Ms from a 
plate of flour without using hands and 
water relay. 

"It's not just your basic how to 
speak to a group; it's a higher level 

'This year a student in my high 
school was shot and killed. As a leader 
of a student support group, it made it a 
lot easier for me," he says. 

Andrea Wessell has participated in 
the program for four years. She is a 
member of St. Phillips, Raleigh. 

"When I came to the program, I 
grew more than any other time in my 
life," Miss Wessell says. "My self- 
esteem went way up." 

This coming school year, her 
leadership skills will really come in 
handy as she becomes senior class 
president of her high school. 

FALL 1993 

P E R S P E C T V E 

"... (L-R's priority) is preparing 
students for lives that are 
productive and satisfying. " 

Dr. John E. Trainer, Jr. 

John Trainer: 


As president of Lenoir-Rhyne College, John E. Trainer, Jr. 
may be one of the most visible persons in Hickory if not 
.Catawba County. Since coming here in 1984, his admin- 
istration has been responsible for the Centennial-Renewal 
campaign, raising nearly $28 million — the most ever for L-R and 
the N.C. Synod of the E.L.C.A. 

In addition, L-R has been cited several times in national 
publications. International studies have been enriched along 
with the Evening College and graduate school. But at the same 
time, L-R has experienced slipping enrollment coupled with 
financial woes. 
What's ahead? 

Recently, we asked President Trainer that question and more. 
Here is a result of the interview. 

You have just entered your 1 Oth year as L-R president. 
What has been your greatest accomplishment here? 

Two things, really. First, we've raised the profile and reputa- 
tion of the college to regional and national status. We have been 
recognized by U.S. News, Money and Barron's. Second is the 
Centennial Renewal campaign. Back in the planning stages in 
1984, some of the leadership thought $20 million was a long shot 
and $24 million was ridiculous, but we wound up raising nearly 
$28 million. 

What was the secret of the campaign's success? 

We had a solid core of leadership — Harley Shuford and 

FALL 1993 


the Cabinet (George Blackwelder, 
Carolyn Moretz, Brady Faggart, 
Charles Snipes, David Hoyle, Clarence 
Pugh, Jim Phillips, John David Moose, 
Bachman Brown, Robert Stackel, Opal 
Moretz and Al Wheeler.) Overall, 
though, Harley Shuford was the key 
and he was outstanding. He's a real 
leader in everything he tackles. And, 
in retrospect, the campaign was well 
planned and organized. Alumni and 
the whole community were excited 
and enthused. 

You mentioned recognition in 
national publications. Why are 
they important? 

People who would otherwise not 
consider L-R are taking a second look 
at us: prospective students, donors 
and foundations. But remember, too, 
that these recognitions mean we're 
doing a lot of things very well. 

'We have repositioned our- 
selves academically. Students 
who are considering top-notch 
schools like Duke and Davidson 
are also looking at us. That 
wasn't happening as often 10 
years ago. " 

What is the best thing about 
Lenoir-Rhyne College? 

The people. Along with them: the 
values we teach, the support from the 
community — intangibles that aren't 
rated in national magazines. One of 
the areas we take pride in is the town/ 
gown relationship. A few years ago, 
the national Council of Independent 
Colleges studied liberal arts colleges 
and found that in terms of faculty 
morale, L-R ranked in the top 10 
nationally. A major factor was our 
having one of the best town/gown 
relationships in the country. Faculty 
and staff are involved in the commu- 
nity through their churches, children's 
schools and civic organizations. We 
are a friendly campus. Lenoir-Rhyne 

and Catawba County have quality 
people, and we reflect that. 

We know local alumni and 
friends contributed much to the 
campaign. What are some other 
ways the community supports us? 

In many ways. For example, the 
Mayor of Hickory writes letters of 
congratulations to each incoming 
freshman for choosing Lenoir-Rhyne. 
The police don't hassle our students 
but rather, the Chief of Police comes 
on campus to explain North Carolina 
laws to new out-of-state students each 

What is the top priority at LrR? 

I would say it's preparing students 
for lives that are productive and 
satisfying. This involves academics as 
well as athletics, the chaplaincy and 
residence life. Any other "priorities" 
such as increasing enrollment, in- 
creasing revenues or any other aspect 
must ultimately relate back to this one. 

You've mentioned revenues 
and enrollment. We all know that 
in 1991, right after our 100th 
birthday, a major deficit was 
discovered. What happened? 

Essentially in fiscal 1990-91 and 
1991-92, we were spending more for 
operations than we were taking in. 
Neither I nor the board knew that 

money was being borrowed from 
undesignated campaign funds to pay 
the day-to-day bills. 

How much was raised? What 
were the objectives? 

As of May 31, 1993, $27.9 million 
was raised in the campaign. Of that, 
$7.5 million was projected to be used 
for current operations over the six- 
year period. In addition, approxi- 
mately $12.4 million was raised for 
endowment, well above the $10.5 
million objective. 

What about capital expenses? 

A $6 million objective was set for 
capital expenses — bricks and mortar. 
Although donations exceeded the 
endowment goal, we didn't meet the 
capital objective through designated 
gifts. By using undesignated gifts, we 
went ahead with some projects on our 
capital list. One was the closing of 6th 
Street, creating Shaw Plaza and 
Cromer Plaza in front of Cromer 
Center. We also upgraded a 
campuswide lighting system to 
improve safety on campus and im- 
prove aesthetics. Along that line, we 
began a campus beautification pro- 
gram to upgrade signage and land- 
scaping. If you look around, virtually 
all buildings that needed new roofs 
now have them and practically every 



faculty member and most staff mem- 
bers now have personal computers, all 
from these campaign funds. 

Some projects, such as the stadium 
improvements, ran higher than 
original estimates, but our physical 
plant is much improved compared to 
several years ago. 

Some renovations have been 
made to Morgan Dorm this 

Yes. We spent roughly $120,000 
in undesignated campaign funds to 
repaint, lay new carpet and renovate 
the restrooms. Again, this is seen as a 
necessary expense to maintain college 

Some say the dorms should 
have been higher on the list of 

Everyone has their pet project. 
Renovation of Morgan Dorm was and 
is high on our wish list, but a donor 
didn't come through to fund that 
entire project specifically. Shaw Plaza 
and the lighting, on the other hand, 
were much less expensive and im- 
proved safety and aesthetics. 

You mention aesthetics. Why 
are looks important? 

Countless studies have shown that 
first impressions are lasting ones. The 
physical appearance of the campus 

truly does make a difference as to 
whether a student attends that college 
or not, but safety and security must 
also be major concerns. 

Back to the subject of money, 
why didn't you see L-R's financial 
problems coming? 

I trusted the audits and the inter- 
nal reports. They didn't show a 
problem. I should point out that our 

>- - _^"v - ■ ^ • 


John and Alice Trainer pause during L-R's 
100th birthday festivities in 1991. 

Finance & Investment Committee at 
the time included some of the area's 
most conservative business and 
banking people. Neither they nor the 
administration were aware that our 
accounting system and reports did not 

show we were actually borrowing from 
campaign revenues to pay for current 

Did local publicity make the 
financial situation seem worse 
than it really was? 

Yes. For those who don't know us, 
Lenoir-Rhyne suffered. The media, in 
some instances, did not accurately 
report what happened. The causes 
were complicated and it took the 
auditors and us some four to five 
months to fully understand the 
situation ourselves. 

For the record, we found no 
evidence of embezzlement. We will 
pay back the designated campaign 
funds borrowed internally for opera- 
tions. It's very unfortunate that this 
happened right when the recession hit 
and enrollments fell short of projec- 
tions. It has put us in a greater bind, 
that's for sure. 

What has been done to turn 
L-R's financial problem around? 

Before we found out there was an 
operating fund problem in 1990-91, we 
were well into fiscal 1991-92, so we 
had to go back and cut what we could. 
Before fiscal '92 was out, we had 
trimmed $2 million from the operating 
deficit. In terms of unaudited figures, 
it looks like we ended fiscal '93 with a 
very small budget surplus. It hasn't 
been an easy task, but business people 
on our boards were amazed at how 
well we managed to turn things 
around in such a short time. 

In addition, the Annual Fund set a 
new record last year with $406,000 
raised and double the number of 
donors of the prior year. That's an 
outstanding achievement in light of 
the recession and the fact that we still 
had a capital campaign going on. 

Why has balancing L-R's 
budget been so tough? 

L-R, like many other colleges its 
size, has an enrollment-driven budget. 
There was an unexpected shortfall in 
budgeted enrollment in the fall of '92 
and we again faced a deficit in opera- 
tions. Those business people I've 



mentioned have been impressed with 
our expense management, but unim- 
pressed with our inability to predict 

"Academics are the core of 
what makes L-R outstanding, 
and it will remain so. " 

Why have enrollments 

Some factors are beyond our 
control. One is demographics. There 
are fewer traditional day students 
these days. Another factor is the 
economy, but that's not necessarily 
because our tuition is "too high". 
What we've found is that late in the 
summer of '92, schools like Duke, 
Davidson, Wake Forest and Emory 
were drawing students off their wait 
list and offering them very attractive 
financial aid packages. Some of the 
ones they had wait-listed were "our" 
students, or so we thought. L-R was 
actually their second choice. But if it 
weren't for an economic and demo- 
graphic recession, those schools 
wouldn't be drawing students off their 
wait lists in the first place. There has 
definitely been a trickle down effect. 
Students and their families are now 
applying to more schools than ever 
before, and even committing to more 
than one. 

Are you saying L-R competes 
with schools like Duke and 

Yes, in a sense. We have reposi- 
tioned ourselves academically. Stu- 
dents who are considering top-notch 
schools like Duke and Davidson are 
also looking at us. That wasn't hap- 
pening as often 10 years ago. 

What's being done about 
enrollment management? 

A Financial Planning Committee 
met over the summer to develop 
strategies for balancing the budget for 
the next three years and, of course, a 

big part of that is enrollment manage- 
ment. A financial consultant, Dr. Gail 
Chambers, is helping in that process. 
She has national reputation for finan- 
cial planning in higher education and 
we feel very fortunate to have her 

An experienced enrollment 
management consultant, the Rev. 
Joanne Soliday, is working with our 
admissions and financial aid staff to 
advise in the revising our strategies 
there. We also have a new and very 
experienced director of student 
financial planning who will be a key 
player in our future strategies. 

Is the plan going to work? 

Sure. Dr. Chambers has more 
experience at this sort of thing that 
anyone in the country. She says our 
shared governance — involving a broad 
cross-section of the campus — is 

Has the Board of Trustees 
endorsed the plan? 

Yes. On Aug. 20, the Board 
adopted the first year of the three-year 
plan and endorsed my proposals for 
implementing more changes. They 
also agreed with my proposal to open 
the process to receive specific projects 
from throughout the campus. 

There have been financial 
layoffs in administration, but none 
in academics. Why? 

Academics are the core of what 
makes L-R outstanding, and it will 
remain so. Our highest priority is to 
preserve the quality of our academic 
offerings. On the other hand, we have 
declined to add some faculty positions, 
and we have not filled some vacancies 
as they have occurred. We have had a 
student/faculty ratio as low as 11 to 1. 
We cannot afford that luxury, but 

Dr. Trainer with Bishop Mark Menees and Dr. Michael McDaniel, L-R professor of religion 
and former bishop of the N.C. Synod. 

unique. It does slow things down. It 
may be more divisive and controver- 
sial at times, but by having more 
people involved, we should have a 
wider "buy-in" when we are finished. 

faculty contracts and the unusually 
high percentage of tenured faculty also 
complicate our strategies in this area. 
Even so, we will re-examine the course 
loads and expect to reduce the number 
of full-time faculty by attrition and fill 
some classes with adjunct faculty. 


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Why should alumni and friends 
support Lenoir-Rhyne? 

All of private higher education in 
our nation is dealing with the financial 
pressures as never before. Financial 
support is more necessary now than at 
any time in our history. The type of 
education we offer is more valuable to 
American society. Most college 
students today don't get the broad 
liberal arts background we insist on or 
the chance to experience broad-based 

". . . Some think there should 
be more church ties, some less. 
We want the college to be 
heterogeneous, so I'd say we're 
perhaps about right. " 

moral decision-making processes that 
L-R students experience. We've had 
problems, so has most of private 
education for that matter. Take the 
airline industry, for example. Airlines 
lose money, but that doesn't mean the 
service isn't good or the service is less 
safe. They are as needed as ever, just 
as our service is needed. 

L-R was founded by Lutheran 
pastors. Should the church play a 
stronger role? 

I'm told that L-R is one of the 
"more Lutheran" colleges in the 
country in terms of the number of 
pastors on the board, the student body 
makeup and the relationship with the 
Synod both financially and emotion- 
ally. In one survey, our faculty called 
the church relationship "affirming and 
liberating". We certainly have not lost 
that focus. 

Outside Hickory and Salisbury, 
Lutherans are not that common in 
North Carolina. Lutheran colleges in 
the upper Midwest, on the other hand, 
recruit in areas where more of the 
population is Lutheran. Our student 
body is roughly 1/3 Lutheran, so those 
who might think we aren't recruiting 
enough Lutherans should hear the 
other college presidents who ask me 
how to recruit Lutherans as well as we 

do. Everyone has their own opinion. 
Some think there should be more 
church ties, some less. We want the 
college to be heterogeneous, so I'd say 
we're perhaps about right. 

Nearly 2/3 of the student body 
is female. Are we becoming a 
women's college? 

We've had more women than men 
for decades. There are several reasons: 

1. Our traditional programs — 
education and nursing — attract more 
women students historically. Both of 
these programs are now growing, and 
the number of men enrolled in nursing 
is growing. 

2. We don't offer "macho" pro- 
grams such as engineering or ROTC. 

3. We market ourselves as a caring, 
warm, supportive environment that 
tends to attract women more than men. 

4. There is a national trend toward 
more women on campus though the 
proportion of men in this year's enter- 
ing class increased. 

Some think 42 majors are too 
many for a school this size. Do you 
foresee changes in programs? 

It's true that we have too many. 
The facts are we cannot support 40-plus 
majors with 100 faculty without raising 
our endowment and our enrollment. I 
predict changes, but I don't have any 

Is L-R priced right? 

Given the quality we offer, we are 
far from being over-priced. Some 
North Carolinians may think L-R is 
expensive, but I can tell you that 
$14,000 a year seems inexpensive to 
those looking at private colleges in the 
Middle Atlantic states and New En- 
gland. In some states, I am actually 
asked if $14,000 is the cost of one 

As far as Lutheran colleges are 
concerned, we are in the lower 1/4 in 
the cost of room and board, and have 
had the lowest student to faculty ratio 
of all. 

Why does tuition have to go up 
every year? 

To cap tuition for four years would 

be in unrealistic. Nobody would be 
happy to agree to lock in their salary 
for four years, so it's a head-in-the- 
sand kind of argument. No quality 
college or university that can avoid 
doing this without sacrificing quality! 
Our increases — roughly 6 percent — 
have, in fact, been below industry 
averages and our employees' salaries 
have suffered as a result. 

What do you see as the role of 
faculty here? 

I think we have one of the finest 
teaching faculties that can be found 
anywhere. The faculty is certainly at 
the core of what makes this an out- 
standing institution. Many of our 
professors are outstanding research- 
ers, but they're here because their 
priority is teaching. L-R is committed 
to the belief that the most effective 
learning takes place on a relatively 
personal level, and we see our faculty 
members as teachers and role models 
not only on campus but in the 
community as well. 

What don't people know about 
L-R that you wish they did? 

Lenoir-Rhyne is far better academi- 
cally and in the total educational, 
experiential concept than they may 
realize. Our students are much better 
people than I see on other campuses. 
Our students are high caliber stu- 

What don't people know about 
John Trainer that you wish they 

That's a tough one to answer. In 
my nine years here, I've been active in 
the community and open, so I think 
people know me pretty well. 

I guess if there's one thing some 
may not realize, it's that I like to do 
manual labor and physical things. As 
a young professor, I did some moon- 
lighting in carpentry, plumbing and 
wiring and even made some furniture, 
though I hesitate to say that in this 
community. I miss having time to use 
my hands with something other than a 
pencil, pen or computer keyboard! 

FALL 1993 



The Gitlins in Hickory 

Gitlins help others 
in war-torn Croatia 

When Dr. Emmanuel and Helen Gitlin volunteered 
to work in a seminary in the former Yugoslavia, 
neither suspected they would be at the battle- 
front of one of the cruelest wars since World War II. 

Gitlin retired in 1991 after 23 years at Lenoir-Rhyne. 
His wife retired as director of admissions/records at 
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in 
Hudson after 17 years. Both are back in Hickory after 
spending the past year in Croatia. The couple have been 
back during the summers since going to Croatia three 
years ago. They plan to go back in December. 

Gitlin, professor emeritus of religion, says the couple 
got involved with the effort because of their commitment to 
pacifist nonresistance. 

The two wanted to find an organization to work abroad 
in promoting their peace-loving philosophy and found the 
Mennonite Central Committee based in Akron, Pa. Neither 
is a Mennonite; in fact, Gitlin is an ordained Lutheran 
minister and both are members of St. Andrew's Lutheran 
Church, Hickory. 

"We're committed to the concept of nonresistance," 
says Gitlin. 

"You don't have to have wars to settle problems," says 
Mrs. Gitlin. "The Mennonites have conflict resolution 
seminars in place to teach people better ways." 

The Gitlins' dedication to peace goes back many years - 
even to the furnishings in their home. In their den, the 
Gitlins proudly display a wallhanging proclaiming "Shalom" 
which means peace in Hebrew. 

Coincidentally, the couple's own history together also 
goes back to the Balkans. Their first purchase together was 
a wallhanging made in Yugoslavia. The picture depicts a 
woman in traditional Muslim costume. Neither knew that 
when they bought the piece. 

"We just went where they needed us, " says Mrs. Gitlin. 
'The people there are very warm, caring outgoing people. 
The average person is so ready for peace. The war has 
impacted everyone and everything. People can't even afford 
to get married. They can't afford to move out." 

While there, the Gitlins teach at the Evangelical Theo- 
logical Faculty, a nondenominational seminary located in 
Osijek. Since the fighting broke out, the seminary has been 
moved several times. Gitlin teaches Old Testament and 
Hebrew while Mrs. Gitlin teaches English. 

'The year after we got there in June or July, the war 
started and Osijek was particularly hard hit; it was bombed 
every day," Gitlin says. 'There was not a house in the city 
that was not damaged in some way." 

"We've changed our residence about six or seven 
times," Gitlin says. "We've had to spend a lot of time in 

The Gitlins were last living in Zagreb, the capital of 
Croatia, which had not been hit hard during the war. The 
city has a population of about one million people, including 
about 350,000 refugees. 

Although the food supply has not been threatened in 
the city, the conditions are still far from ideal. 

The camps are dealing with people who have been 
captured and tortured. 

"In their culture, if a woman has been violated, the 
husband can no longer recognize her as his wife," Gitlin 
says. "We feel that this was used as a systematic strategy of 
demoralizing the women. Between something like 20,000 
and 40,000 women have reported these rapes." 

The reported figures could be way under what actually 
happened because of the stigma attached to the crime, he 

"We think that all of America should keep on providing 
food and medical supplies," says Gitlin. 'The United States 
can only worsen the situation if they come in with force." 

"We don't feel that a free flow of weapons can help 
either," says Mrs. Gitlin. "It will benefit the people who 
supply the weapons and more will be killed." 

Since coming to the region, the Gitlins have started a 
graduate program through the seminary with Mrs. Gitlin 
coordinating the program. 

"We worked out a program similar to what they would 
have in America," she explains. 

The Gitlins are also working with the Mennonites on 
getting books to the war-torn area to translate. 

If you have any books to send to the area, please call the 
Gitlins at (704)322-3842. 


FALL 1993 


Basketball teams look 
to bright season 

It appears that head coach John Lentz and Lenoir-Rhyne 
have made a hobby out of collecting South Atlantic 
Conference championships lately. The Bears extended 
their streak of achieving a conference title to four seasons 
after earning the SAC tournament crown last season. 

Lenoir-Rhyne finished with a 25-7 record in 1992-93, its 
fourth consecutive 20+ win campaign. Included in the 
Bears' finish last year was a district championship that led 
to a berth at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, 
Mo. While at the nationals, Lenoir-Rhyne won two games to 
advance to the quarterfinals before losing a three-point 
contest to eventual champion, Hawaii Pacific. 

If Lentz is to become the first-ever Bear mentor to post 
five straight 20-win seasons, he is going to have to find 
replacements for three starters, Larry Lentz, Tyrone 
McDaniel and Tony Mallard, who were lost to graduation. 
It is the same situation the former Lenoir-Rhyne standout 
faced last year so there is a precedent set. 

Jeff Haddock will lead the team from his guard position. 
The senior is likely to benefit from a move to the shooting 
guard slot. A second-team All-SAC honoree in 1992-93, 
Haddock averaged 16.4 points while dishing out 4.7 assists 
a game. Slated to take over at point guard is sophomore 
Shun England. The Newton native performed well as a 
frosh while averaging 20 minutes a game in a reserve role. 

John Wadsworth returns as a sophomore after averag- 
ing close to eight points as a freshman starter. Candidates 
to join him at forward are juniors Brian Lewis and Craig 
Conner. Lewis averaged six points and four rebounds a 
game off the bench last year while Conner averaged seven 
points a contest in six games. 

Another junior, Shawn Hevel, is likely to open up at 
center. While backing up Lentz in the middle last season, 
Hevel averaged four points and two rebounds a game. 

The Lady Bears' future rests on fine young players like Alanda Banner. 
FALL 1993 

Jeff Haddock is expected to inherit additional scoring responsibilities for 
a Bear team looking for its fifth-straight 20+ win season. 

A recruiting class led by center Mike Rice, a transfer 
from Campbell University, and forward Oshamen Parker 
could contribute immediately as could forward Keith 
Faison, a red shirt freshman. 

Women's basketball 

The Lady Bears' rebuilding project appears to be near- 
ing completion as the program has added one to two 
quality players a year to its roster the past two seasons. After 
inheriting junior Amy Jenkins, third-year coach Janet 
Greene's first recruiting class prior to the 1992-93 season 
netted two frosh starters in Chrissy Elliott and Alanda Danner. 

In a further effort to return Lenoir-Rhyne to its winning 
ways of the pass, Greene has high hopes that this year's 
freshman class can bring the resurrection undertaking to a 

Jenkins and Danner are likely to open up at the forward 
positions. Jenkins averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per 
outing last year while Danner posted game averages of 10.3 
points and 6.5 rebounds. 

Elliott will retain one of the starting guard slots after 
scoring 13.5 points and dealing out 3.3 assists a game as a 
freshman last year. Junior Cynthia Dixon (6.2 ppg - 3.5 rpg) 
should see plenty of action as a reserve forward/guard. 

Other individuals expected to contribute are centers Kelly 
Gray and Cristi Shealy along with freshman Susan Stogner, a 
former prep all-state performer from Aiken, S.C. 

Turning around programs is a task Greene has past 
experience in as she orchestrated a five-year turnaround of 
0-21 in 1986-87 to 13-11 in 1990-91 while coaching at Oberlin 





Three Lenoir-Rhyne College football players have been 
named by College Football Preview as Pre-Season All- 
Americans. Receiving the honors for the Bears are seniors 
Leonard Davis, Marty McEachean, and Raeford Sparks. 

Davis, a 510", 205-pound tailback, rushed for a school- 
record 1,308 yards in 1992 while earning second-team 
NAIA All-American honors. The Winter Park, Fla., native is 
a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection. 

McEachean, a 5'10", 170-pound defensive back, led the 
1992 Bears in interceptions with five and in passes broken 
up with eight. The High Point, N.C., native, a second-team 
All-SAC honoree last season, also recorded 46 tackles. 

Sparks, a 6', 218-pound linebacker, led the 1992 Bear 
team in tackles with 73 take downs. The Greensboro, N.C., 
native was Lenoir-Rhyne's most active defender last year as 
evidenced by his 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, three 
interceptions and four passes broken up. 

Davis also picked up additional pre-season honors 
recently when he was chosen as a second-team Small 
University All-American (NCAA II, NAIA I) by CM. Frank. 
All three of Lenoir-Rhyne's honorees are seniors academi- 
cally who have two years of eligibility remaining on the 
playing field. 

Publications receive 
national honors 

Lenoir-Rhyne College sports 
' information director Thomas 
Neff has received notification that 
two of his 1992-93 athletics publica- 
tions have earned awards in 
national contests. 

The Bears' 1992 football media 
guide was ranked second-best 
nationally by the NAIA. The NAIA 
also announced that Lenoir- 
Rhyne's 1992 football game 
program placed seventh in the 
country. All publication contests 

were judged by an independent panel of media representa- 
tives chosen by the NAIA. Both publications were printed 
by Deluxe Printing of Hickory. 

Neff, in his third year at L-R, has received 11 national 
publications awards during his seven-year career in sports 
information. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Neff, 34, is a 
1986 graduate of San Diego State University in California. 
He lives in Hickory with his wife, Sherri. 

"We are proud of Tom and his work here," said athletic 
director Keith Ochs. "Lenoir-Rhyne has a tradition of 
award-winning sports publications, and Tom has enhanced 
that tradition this year by earning these prestigious 

Thomas Neff 




Harold Busack of 
the Lenoir- 
Rhyne, College 
football team has 
been named by 
College Football 
Preview as a National 
Scholar- Athlete. 

Busack, a senior 
guard who has two 
years of eligibility 
remaining, is an 
accounting major 
with a 3.27 GPA. The 
Englewood, Fla. native is preparing for his third season as a 
starter on the offensive front. 


Harold Busack 

Student athletes 
fare well in class 

Lenoir-Rhyne athletic director Keith Ochs has released 
' an academic report on the performance of Bear 
student athletes in the classroom. 

As a group, the school's 228 student athletes compiled a 
2.78 grade point average during the past academic year, 
raising the student-athlete's cumulative GPA to 2.71, just 
slightly lower than the average cumulative GPA of all 
Lenoir-Rhyne students. Future success in the classroom 
appears a certainty as the freshman class recorded a 
cumulative 2.72 GPA. 

Sixty-five student-athletes recorded GPAs of over 3.00 
in the fall semester while 71 went over the 3.00 mark in the 
spring semester. The Lady Bear basketball team paced the 
way, posting a 2.99 GPA. Six of the team's 12 members 
have cumulative GPAs over 3.00. 

FALL 1993 


10 named to 
honor roll 

The South Atlantic Conference has 
announced the academic honor 
roll recipients which included 10 L-R 
athletes for the 1992-93 sport seasons. 
Student-athletes must have completed 
the sport season in which they partici- 
pated and must carry a 3.3 or higher 
cumulative grade point average. 

Members of the Honor Roll from 
Lenoir-Rhyne were Chrissy Elliott 
(3.70 -Women's Basketball), Alicia 
Lane (3.71 -Women's Basketball) , Tami 
Matheny (3.82 -Women's Basketball), 
Amy Miller (3.45-Women's Basketball), 
Alain Rodriguez (3.50 -Baseball) , 
Becki Humphries (3.42 -Softball) , 
Tiffany Miller (3.89 -Softball) , Troy 
Brengle (3.42 -Men's Tennis) , Kelly 
Brooks (3.36 -Women's Tennis) , and 
Brian Sumner (3.34 -Golf). 

Sue White 

Degree glee 

Sue White of Taylorsville is all 
smiles after summer 
commencement at St. Andrew's. She 
and 59 others received bachelor's 
degrees Aug. 13, while nine more 
were awarded master's degrees. The 
Rev. Dr. William Milholland delivered 
the commencement address. 


Shirley and Bill 
Ranson of 
Charlotte chair the 
Parents' Association 
for 1993-94. Their 
twin daughters, 
Grace (see page 8) 
and Melissa, attend L-R 


Stop pain with 
Dr. Ruth 

Dr. Ruth Bookstaber-Smith, 
assistant professor of psychology, 
has received a $11,000 grant from DRJ 
Group of Long Beach, Calif, to study 
Stopain, a topical analgesic. Her study 
will be coordinated with Jeff Galloway 
running programs conducted through- 
out the country. Dr. Bookstaber-Smith 
will conduct her research at Galloway 
clinics in Charlotte and Los Angeles. 

offered L-R 

Women in leadership 
positions are the focus 
of an 18-day program begin- 
ning this October on campus. 
Offered in conjunction with 
the Office of Graduate and 
Lifelong Education and 
HUFF Associates of Black 
Mountain, N.C., Women in 
Management will develop 
skills to increase efficiency 
and effectiveness in planning, 
managing change, resolving 
conflicts, making decisions 
and assuming leadership. 

From the Alumni President 

Ofx years ago, I witnessed the death of a college in my hometown. After 
kD many years of operation, Sacred Heart College in Belmont, N.C. closed 
its doors. The faculty and staff were put out of work and the buildings now 
stand vacant and deteriorating. Alumni are 
without a school to point to and say, "That's where 
I went to college. " 

It's no secret that small, Southern liberal arts 
colleges are facing many challenges. In fact, they 
were featured in a recent TIME magazine cover 
story based on a survey of colleges. It stated they 
are in some very tough times. 

You as alumni have the power to help us meet 
these challenges head on! By your support, not just 
monetarily — even though that's very important — 
but in many other ways, you can make sure your 
alma mater remains strong and vibrant into the 

next century. Become active in your local alumni chapter, attend campus 
events, help recruit new students, the lifeblood of this institution. Even 
something so simple as displaying an L-R bumper sticker and wearing a 
Lenoir-Rhyne t-shirt help show your pride in your college. 

You can make a difference in keeping Lenoir-Rhyne strong. 

Sandra Cline 

FALL 1993 


P R F L E 

L-R delegation speaks 
out about Russia 

Seven members of L-R delegation to Russia addressed a 
press conference on campus July 9, detailing their two 
months in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Professors Marion 
Love, Art Barnes and Jean Cauthen, along with former 
adjunct professor Keith Wood, and students Jonathan 
Ernst, Allison Land and Vivian Cruz spoke to area reporters 
about life in the new Russia as part of a cultural exchange 
between L-R Playmakers and the Paladin Theatre troupe in 
Moscow. Among their lasting memories: the warmth of 
the Russian people, industrial-strength mosquitoes, sub- 
standard plumbing, limited resources and the scarcity of 
women in supervisory roles. 

One lesson they learned was how the United States' 
product-oriented society drives all things here, including 
how we produce a play. 

'The Russian director wanted to know how we pro- 
duced the play in four weeks," said Dr. Love. "In Moscow, 
they prepare for eight or nine months." 

Call had familiar ring 


ack and Ann Saunders could hardly believe it when Patti 

Whitener, director of 
alumni & parent relations, 
called them this past July to 
say Jack's class ring was 

High time. The '68 gold 
and onyx band was in- 
scribed "JLS". Jackson L. 
Saunders, the only male 
graduate from L-R that year, 
was contacted after the ring 
was found along a road in 
Surfside Beach, S.C. 

Saunders, just back from 
Vietnam in 1970, was 
painting a rental house that 
summer when the ring 

"I baby-sat at 50 cents a hour to buy that ring for him. It 
cost $65," says wife Ann. Jack, who received an A.B. 
degree in business administration, is now a sales rep in 
Columbia, S.C. Needless to say, he was surprised to get 
his ring back after all these years. The finders, who lived 
only 15 miles from the Saunders, would not accept a 


Jack Saunders '68 reunited 
with L-R ring. 

Cathy Barnes photographed the L-R group in Moscow. 

College a boon 
to area economy 

L-R contributed more than $60 million and some 330 jobs 
to the area economy in 1991-92, according to statistics 
compiled for the N.C. Association of Independent Colleges 
and Universities. L-R had more than $22.3 million in 
institution expenditures including goods, services, wages 
and benefits. The payroll of almost $11 million actually has 
an impact of $23 million, considering the state multiplier. 
The 1991-92 year also saw $718,000 spent on capital 
improvements and $25 million deposited into L-R bank 

Visitors, estimated at 25,000, attended about 250 
athletic, social and cultural events on campus, with out-of- 
towners spending an estimated $889,000. Meanwhile, the 
college's more than 600 on-campus students spent an 
average of $2,400 each, excluding books, room and board, 
for a total of $1.5 million. Another 1,000 students living off 
campus spent an average $7,200 for housing and other 

FALL 1993 


Newcomers announced 

Several professors, instructors and two coaches have 
joined Lenoir-Rhyne this term. They are: 

• Kenneth Kroesche, assistant professor of music. 
He holds degrees from Southwest Texas State University 
and the University of Michigan, and is a doctoral candidate 
at the University of Michigan. He previously taught at 
U.M., Southwest Texas State and National Music Camp at 
Interlochen, Michigan. 

•Dr. Arturo Ortiz, associate professor of Spanish. 
He received both B.A. and M.A. degrees from City Univer- 
sity of New York and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature 
from the University of Washington. He has taught at 
Augustana College at Rock Island, Indiana University of 
Pennsylvania and Iowa State University. 

•Dr. Vicki Schell associate professor of mathematics. 
She earned her B.S. degree from Davis & Elkins College in 
West Virginia and M.A. from Northeast Missouri State. 
She earned her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University and 
has done additional graduate work at the universities of 
Virginia, Missouri and West Florida. She has taught in 
Turkey and Australia and was math supervisor with the 
Missouri Dept. of Education. 

•Dr. Bennett Judkins, associate professor of sociol- 
ogy. A former instructor at Belmont Abbey College, 
Meredith College and Marshall University, he holds three 
degrees from the University of Tennessee. 

• Ying Ying Liu, assistant professor of music. She 
earned a B.M. degree from Central Philharmonic Society 
Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China and a master of 
music from Cleveland Institute. She is a doctoral candidate 
at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. 

• Dr. Gail Summer, promoted from part-time to full- 
time assistant professor of education. She holds B.A. and 
M.Ed, degrees from the University of South Carolina and 
earned her Ph.D. from UNC-Greensboro. 

•Michael McGee, instructor of physical education. 

'Spanky' put L-R on map 

When George Robert Phillips McFarland, better known 
as "Spanky" of the Little Rascals, died this summer, 
L-R made the news with him. An LA. Times article 
syndicated nationwide, quoted McFarland during a 1986 
appearance at Lenoir-Rhyne. At that time, he defended 
"Our Gang" comedies against charges that the films were 

"In 1931, there were no integrated neighborhoods in 
America," he said, "but on 'Our Gang', we had blacks in our 

FALL 1993 

He received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in physical 
education from UNC-Chapel Hill and has served as a 
graduate assistant and a student athletic trainer there. 

•Kim Mattox, women's volleyball and Softball coach 
and instructor of physical education. An L-R alumna, she 
received her M.A. from Appalachian State and has taught in 
Charlotte area middle schools as well as West Charlotte 
High School. 

•Ken Buess, technical director and instructor in 
theatre arts. He earned a B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene 
College and an M.F.A. from UNC-Greensboro. He has 
worked with several theatre groups and was a graduate 
assistant at UNC-Greensboro. 

•Allan Gorry, defensive line coach. He holds an 
undergraduate degree in industrial relations from UNC- 
Chapel Hill and has been assistant football coach at Fred T. 
Foard High School near Hickory. Most recently, he was a 
production manager at Century Furniture. 

New aid director 

Dan Klock, formerly of 
Greensboro, has been 
named director of student 
financial planning to develop 
comprehensive financial aid 
programs for students. In 
addition, he and his staff will 
coordinate government assis- 
tance programs and work closely 
with institutional grants, scholar- 
ships and award programs. He 
is an alumnus of the University 
of Maine and has 15 years of 
experience in financial aid, including work at Wyoming 
Technical Institute, Technical Training Services of 
Laramie, North American Training Services in New York 
City and most recently, as associate director of financial aid 
for UNC-Greensboro. 

Dan Klock 

Check out Morgan! 

Morgan Dorm received a needed facelift this summer. 
Among the improvements: painting inside and out, a 
new computerized security system, new carpet, renovated 
bathrooms, lobby furniture, and one floor was converted 
for use by women. Later, landscaping will begin and tables 
and umbrellas will be placed on the patio. 


Hickory's hot! Q>) 

Not only does Hickory now have its own Super Kmart 
and Applebee's, but the city received several accolades 
recently. Restaurants & Institutions magazine listed the 
city 11th best place in the nation to open a restaurant. In 
recent months, the city has opened an Applebee's, Buck's 
Market Street Grill and Libby Hill Seafood among others. 

Meanwhile, Money magazine rated Hickory the 93rd 
best place to live, up from 254th just a year ago. Money 
based its ratings on employment, low crime rate, minimum 
of pollution and affordable housing. Others facts: good 
schools, parks and recreational opportunities. Listed at the 
top: Rochester, Minn., 300th: Rockford, 111. 

The man behind 
the print 

If you've seen the invitation to Thank You Day or the 
Centennial-Renewal campaign poster, you've seen this 
man's work. Tom Stine of Hickory 
was commissioned to draw a 
collage of the campus this summer. 
The finished product will appear on 
the invitations and programs for 
the celebration honoring donors 
and volunteers to the campaign on 
Oct. 22. A limited number of 
frameable prints will be distributed 
that day on a first-come basis. 
Stine, a Hickory native and 
former employee of Southern 
Railways, operates his own gallery 
on North Center Street. His works 
have even been collected by the 

likes of Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, who bought one 
of his acrylics.. Stine's wife, Debbie, is a secretary in the 
education department. 


Tom Stine 


Yoder honored with 

Members of Daniels Lutheran Church, Lincolnton, 
N.C., have established the J. Larry Yoder Scholarship 
Fund in reponse to the Our College-Our Future campaign 
within the N.C. Synod of the E.L.C.A. The fund honors Dr. 
Larry Yoder, an L-R alumnus and professor of religion and 
director of Honors Programs and the Lineberger Center for 
Cultural and Educational Renewal. Yoder, who was raised in 
the Daniels congregation, is also pastor of Grace Lutheran 
Church, Newton (see story page 10). Yoder has also served 
L-R as chaplain, dean of graduate studies and honors and 
associate dean for honors in addition to his professorships. 

The Daniels church has committed $14,895 to the 
OC-OF scholarship campaign — about 150% of their goal. 
Churches throughout the N.C. Synod have committed some 
$2.7 million to OC-OF, the most successful ever conducted 
within the synod. 

PBL garners awards 

L-R's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity 
won its 14th Hollis & Kitty Guy Gold Seal Award of Merit 
this summer at the national conference in Washington. The 
award recognizes the top 2 percent of chapters nationally for 
the quality of their programs. The L-R chapter also won its 
third consecutive Gold Key Award for meeting or exceeding 
association goals for the year. 

Writers keep reading here 

The Visiting Writer's Reading series continues this 
school year, according to Kathy Ivey, assistant profes- 
sor of English. She is coordinating the series for Dr. Rand 
Brandes, who is now on a Fulbright Fellowship in Ireland. 
Novelist Reynolds Price read 
from his works on Sept. 9. 
Others slated this academic year: 
poet James Applewhite on Oct. 7; 
poet Deborah Pope on Nov. 4; 
poet Susan Ludvigson on Feb. 
10; novelist Linda Lightsey Rice 
on March 17 and storyteller 
Donald Davis on April 14. Miss 
Rice, a 1972 alumna, will also 
teach a creative writing course 
next spring as the Visiting 
Writer-in-Residence. Kath y Iv ® 

FALL 1993 

rpi Mary Ellen Mundy 

Wilson '27 returned to 
fwYlHptl her hometown of 

Lincolnton after residing 
YearS in Greenville, S.C., for 42 

years. Her new address 
is: 100 Robin Road, Garland Acres, 
Lincolnton 28092...The Rev. L. Clement 
Hahn,Sr. '37 of Arden baptized his 
great-granddaughter, Kirsten Marie Hahn, 
on May 9. Kirsten, daughter of Kenneth 
and Vicki Hahn, was born in Naples, Italy, 
in January. 


Dr. Martha Hines 
Morehead '44 of 
Jm m \ ^-^ Salisbury, professor 
/ I 1 #5^ emeritus of English and 
^^ ^""^ former department chair 
at Catawba College, was honored in the 
50th anniversary issue of N.C. English 
Teacher for outstanding editorial services 
and significant contributions to English 
instruction at all levels.. .Sudie Lowman 
Murray '45 of Oak Ridge, Tenn., has 
travelled extensively throughout the world. 
In the past year, she toured China, 
Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and 
Malaysia. Sudie is active in the Oak Ridge 
Woman's Club. She is the mother of two 
sons - one in Nashville, Tenn., the other in 
Alaska... David Hunsucker '46 of 
Catawba and wife, Rae, were named 
"Volunteers of the Year" by the Catawba 
County Council for the Arts...Vivienne 
Poteat Stafford '49 of Hickory is serving 
a three-year term on the Catawba County 
Social Services Board. She is a part-time 
instructor in the history department at 
Lenoir-Rhyne College. 


Marie Wilson Marsh 

'51 is 85 and lives at the 
L^ m \ ^- Shaire Center Rest 
JTj\ W ^^ Home in Lenoir. She is a 
^"^ ^^ •*-* retired school 
teacher.. .Mary Eggers Beckelhimer '54 
of Derby, Kan., retired in June after 
teaching four years in North Carolina, one 
year in Arizona, and 34 years in 
Derby. Jane Keever Rogers '54 of 
Albemarle is the president-elect for the 
N.C. Division of Professional Secretaries 
International. Jane is employed by the 
Stanly County Schools in the offices of Dr. 
J. E. Martin, superintendent, and Larry G. 
Wood, school business administrator... The 
Rev. Marion W. Powell '56 of Hickory is 
the pastor at Three Forks Baptist Church 
inTaylorsville...Jane Coley Sigmon '56 
of Newton won Siecor Corporation's 
Excellence in Teaching Award for the 
Newton-Conover School System. Jane 
teaches at Thornton Elementary 

SchooL.H. M. "Mac" Brawley '58 of 

Cherryville was named vice president, 
human resources and safety for Carolina 
Freight Carriers on July 12. ...Charles M. 
Snipes '58 of Hickory is co-leading the 
campaign to raise endowment funds for the 
Arts and Science Center of Catawba 
County. He also was appointed to the State 
Banking Commission by Gov. Jim Hunt. 
Charles is president of the Bank of Granite. 


The Rev. C. Richard 
Duncan '64 of 

#^# \/-^ Dumfries, Va., was 
■■ IW promoted to captain in 

V-rV,W - F the US Navy Chaplain 
Corps in July 1992 and serves in the Chief 
of Chaplains Office in Washington... 
Carolyn Smith Gregg '65 of Greeneville, 
Tenn., was presented the Professional 
Studies Dean's Award for outstanding 
faculty member in the professional studies 
program at Tusculum College. She also 
teaches third grade at Tusculum View 
Elementary School where she facilitates 
the local school decision-making 
committee. ..Barbara Kent Prescott '65 
is an administrator for two Department of 
Aging governmental agencies - one for 
Sedgwick County and the other for the 
Central Plains area. Barbara is the mother 
of two sons and lives in Wichita, Kan. ..Carl 
Cline III '66 of Hickory is president of 
the Association of Symphony Orchestras of 
North Carolina.. .Dr. Vicky Feimster 
Ratchford '66 of Salisbury was awarded a 
doctorate in educational leadership from 
UNC-G. She is the supervisor of instruc- 
tion for middle and sr. high schools, 
Lincoln County Schools. Ray Ratchford 
'65 was named regional manager for 
Boren Clay Products as of April 1. Ray and 
Vicky have two children - Craig '93 and 
Chris.. .Linda Sockwell Covington '68 of 
Asheboro has a new job as consultant with 
Griffin Performance Development in 
Winston-Salem. ..Dr. Janette Lowman 
Sims'68 of Conover was awarded the 
Excellence in Teaching Award at Catawba 
Valley Community College. She is director 
of CVCC's Learning Assistance 
Center..The Rev. Ronald W Fink '69 of 
Salisbury was elected secretary of the N. 
C. Synod of the ELCA at the Synod 
Assembly last May. He also will serve as 
chair of the 1994 Assembly Planning 
Committee. Ronald is pastor of Haven 
Lutheran Church in Salisbury. 



Mickey Clemmer 

Shuford '70 of Hickory 
is co-leading the 
campaign to raise 
endowment funds for the 

Arts and Science Center of 
the Catawba Valley. .Linda 
Richards '71 of Granite 
Falls was selected Member 
of the Year for the Granite 
Falls Business and Profes- 
sional Women's Club. Linda 
is head bookkeeper at 
Melville's in Hickory... 
Robert C. Carpenter '73 
of Bessemer City is the new 
principal at Bessemer City 
High School. Robert and 
wife, Sue (Farnsworth 
'74), have three children - 
Michael, Marcus and 
Candace... Steve A. 
Erikson '73 of Hickory is 
the director of planning and 
development for Burke 
County.. Celia Lynn 
Wooten James '73 of 
Goldsboro is assistant 
principal of Norwayne 
Middle School in Wayne 
County.. .Robert W. Mann 
'73 of Garner is an engineer 
with Ebasco, Inc. He and 
wife, Irene, have four 
children - Aubrey, Asheli, 
Adam, and Liz...Brenda 
Garmon Fox'74 of 
Taylorsville is chairwoman 
of the campaign cabinet of 
Catawba County United 
Way... Judy Hornbarrier McCall '76 and 
family returned to Lome, Togo, in 
July. Jackie Peterson Batts'77 moved in 
July from Florida to Morganton where her 
physician husband joined the Mountain 
Emergency Physicians. ..Anne Ridenhour 
Cline '78 and husband, Ron, built a new 
home in Fort Mill, S.C. They are part 
owners and managers of a new Sportcenter 
at Lake Wylie, and have two children - 
Katie and Will.. .Dr. Miriam 
Adderholdt-Elliott '79 of Claremont had 
a Spanish edition of her book The Perfec- 
tionist Predicament published in Sao 
Paulo, Brazil. She is a professor at 
UNC-Charlotte where she teaches gifted 
education. ..Patricia Jane Handrahan 
Ansari '79 is a physician assistant and is 
married to a physician. A graduate of 
Baylor Medical College's Physician 
Assistant Program, she and husband, Anis, 
have a daughter, Lila Sarah. 


Kim Ziese Neel '80 of 

Overland Park, Kan., 
^^ m \ ^- was promoted to account 
^^%\ F?^ manager for Pirelli 

^""^ Cables North America 
with responsibility for Kansas, Iowa, 

FALL 1993 


Nebraska and Missouri. She and husband, 
Ralph, have a daughter, Amanda. Kim 
would like to hear from classmates! Her 
address is: 11319 Lowell Avenue, Overland 
Park, Kan. 66210-2623... Iva M. Price '80 
of Taylorsville is the new principal of 
Ellendale Elementary School. Iva currently 
is working toward an Ed.S. degree in 
public school administration. ..Newlywed 
Cynthia Bailey Buckingham '81 writes 
that she is living in Raleigh with attorney 
husband, Dave, and four "children" - his 
two dogs and her two cats. A former head 
nurse in psychiatry, Cynthia remarks that 
"Dave tells his friends that our marriage 
will provide me with many fascinating 
research opportunities in psychiatry. I'll be 
happy to share my 'research' with any 
interested alumni!". ..Terri J. Eanes '82 of 
Salisbury teaches health and physical 
education to sixth-eighth grade students. 
She also coaches softball, basketball and 
track and is a trainer at Erwin Middle 
School in Rowan County. Terri works at 
Duke's basketball camp each 
summer.. . Jeffrey T. Jones '83 of Charles- 
ton, W.Va., was selected, for the fifth 
consecutive year, to sit on the West 
Virginia Trial Lawyers Board of Governors 
and to serve as editor of the association's 
magazine 'The Advocate". ..The Rev. David 
W. Rice '83 of Lexington is the new 
pastor at Bethany United Methodist 
Church. For the past two years, David, 
wife Tracy, and baby son, Ian, lived in New 
Zealand where he served as pastor... Linda 
Deal Baker '84 & '89 MA of Hickory is 
a full-time faculty member at Catawba 
Valley Community College. ..Rose Sumrell 
Brandau '86, an R.N. , was promoted to 
vice president of nursing services at 
Doctors Hospital in Ohio. She is pursuing a 
master's degree in nursing.. .Thomas J. 
Carter '87 of Hickory was promoted to 
director of merchandising for Clayton 
Marcus. Tom rejoined Clayton Marcus in 
1991 as director of marketing. He and wife, 
Beth, have a daughter, Sarah... Christine 
Post-Duncan '88 of Jacksonville, Fla., 
earned an MBA degree, with an emphasis 
in management, from Jacksonville Univer- 
sity in May of 1992. ..Heidi Johnson 
Rhyne '88 of Rocky Face, Ga., is a staff 
RN in the Medical ICU at Hamilton 
Medical Center in Dalton, Ga. She repre- 
sented the center at a national conference 
for critical care nurses in Anaheim, Calif. 
Husband, Bill '90, is an engineering 
manager for Shaw Industries, Inc., in 
Dalton, Ga...Todd H. Barfield '89 of 
Kannapolis was named a banking officer at 
First Citizens Bank in Concord. He serves 
as manager of the US 29 branch. ..Dr. 
Berniece Redmond Messer '89 of 



Farmville graduated from the East Carolina 
University School of Medicine on May 8. 
She began a residency in obstetrics/ 
gynecology this past summer at the 
University Medical Center of Eastern 
Carolina in Greenville. ..Rebecca Dawn 
Warlick '85 of Durham received a master 
of science degree in nursing from Duke 
University in May. .Katie Norman 
Warren '85 of Lenoir is site director/ 
teacher for the new Communities- 
in-Schools program at Hudson Middle 
School. Katie has been employed with the 
Caldwell County Public Schools for eight 
years... Paul L. Donaldson '88 is 
employed by the National Undersea 
Research Center in Groton, Conn., as chief 
pilot and technician of the remotely 
operated vehicles used in ocean research. 
Paul recently returned from a month-long 
stay in Russia. He and wife, Carol Lee, live 
in New London, Conn. 

p U p Felicia R. Bradly '91 

-~ -^ of Old Fort received an 

t_\f \ £-^ MA. degree in 

J\ mr^ rehabilitaion psychology 
% ^ ^* **"* from ASU in May. She is 
a staff psychologist at the Murdoch Center 
in Butner.. Annette W. Johnson Gray '91 
of Belmont received a master's degree in 
English education from ASU in 
May. .Marine Cpl. James R. Purmort II 
'91 received a Meritorious Mast for 
outstanding service while assigned with 
Headquarters, 3rd Marines, 1st Expedition- 
ary Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, 
Hawaii. .. Melissa Tatsapaugh '91 of 
Greensboro is an English teacher in 
Madagascar, off the southeast coast of 
Africa. Participating in this experience 
through Lutheran World Global Missions, 
she will be there for six months, from 
September through March of 1994. ..Nancy 
Herman Risch '92 of Hickory is seeking 
a master's degree at UNC-Charlotte...W. 
Alex Floyd, Jr. '93 of Hickory began 
work in February on a maiden exhibit of 
military memorabilia for the Catawba 
County Historical Museum.. Jon Todd 
Hott '93 of Hickory, district manager for 
The Franklin Insurance Company in 
Hickory, graduated from the company's 
trainee associate program. ..Steve M. 
Robinson '93 of Hickory, formerly of 
Marion, was honored as the most outstand- 
ing student in the graduating class by the 
Foothills Post Anesthesia Nurses' Associa- 
tion. Steve is a nurse in the telemetry 
department at Catawba Memorial 
Hospital... Sharon F. Turner '93 of 
Durham is in insurance sales with AFLAC. 



Susan Lynn Brooks 

'67 of Winston-Salem to 
y"^ £^\ William Frederick 

■"^1 I %^ Rainey, Jr. of Clemmons 
\~J V/ i^ on June 6. Susan is the 

director of internships 
for Wake Forest University. William is the 
assistant registrar of deeds for Forsyth 
County and is the minister of music for 
Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons 
and First Christian Church. They make 
their home in Clemmons. 


Donna Leah Peeler 

'75 of Marietta, Ga., to 
r / m \ £-»^ Murray William Strong 
lll^ of Atlanta on May 29. 

Donna is a marketing 
instructor for IBM in Atlanta. Murray is a 
controller for Summer and Hewes Law 
Firm in Atlanta. They live in 
Marietta... Trevelyn Lynn Alford '77 to 
Randall Steven Smith on June 12. Trevelyn 
is employed by the Greenwood School 
District 50, Greenwood, S.C. Randall 
attends Western Carolina University, 
majoring in recreation therapy. He was 
employed during the summer as a youth 
counselor with Smoky Mountains Mental 
Health. They lived in Saluda for the 
summer months. ..Melinda Glenn McMillan 
of Greenville, S.C, to Wilbur "Will" 
Darrell Latham, Jr. '77 of Charlotte on 
May 22. Melinda previously was an 
industrial engineer with Michelin Tire 
Corporation in Greenville. Will is president 
of Latham and Associates, Inc. in Charlotte, 
where they make their home. 


S. Gwynn Earnhardt 

'81 of Chapel Hill to Dr. 
^J g\ ^ Martin J. Sullivan of 
^^^« ■ ^fe Durham on June 5. 
^-^ X-^ V-J Gwynn is the administra- 
tor of the Duke Heart Center Patient 
Support Program at Duke University 
Medical Center. Marty is an assistant 
professor of medicine, division of cardiol- 
ogy, Duke University Medical Center. They 
reside in Chapel Hill.. Elizabeth Williams 
Hood to Mark Christopher Derrick '83 
of Columbia, S.C, on April 17. Mark is a 
senior property accountant with South 
Carolina's largest commercial real estate 
company, Edens & Avant, Inc.Lorrie Ray 
Hopkins '84 of Statesville to Dr. Terrence 
(Sonny) Morton, Jr. of Charlotte on May 
29. Lorrie is employed at Iredell Memorial 
Hospital in Statesville. Sonny is a partner 
with Piedmont Emergency Medicine 
Associates in Charlotte, where they make 

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their home. ..Karen Anne Edwards of 
Hendersonville to Christopher Anthony 

Bomba '85 of Cedar Mountain on June 5. 
Karen is a music teacher at Immaculata 
School in Hendersonville. Chris is an 
attorney with James H. Toms and Associ- 
ates, P.A., in Hendersonville. They make 
their home in Cedar Mountain. ..Laura 
Kimberly Lawter of Horse Shoe to Robert 
Joe McCall'85 of Zirconia on July 17. 
Laura is employed as a legal secretary. 
Robert is a design technician at the Oconee 
Nuclear Power Plant. They reside in Six 
Mile, S.C....Kelley Marie Van Abel, 
formerly of Statesville, to Kevin Scott 
Michael '85 of Hickory on June 12. Kelley 
is employed by Rock Barn Club of Golf. 
Kevin is employed by the Alexander 
County School System. They reside in 
Hickory. .Wendy Ann Pharr '85 to 
William "Bill" Phillip Dunn, Jr., both of 
Winston-Salem, on June 26. Wendy is 
employed by Forsyth Memorial Hospital in 
Winston-Salem. Bill is employed by 
Shoffner Industries, Inc. They live in 
Winston-Salem. ..Lori Carol Weaver 
Beasley '86 to Teddy Wade Sweet on July 
3. Lori is employed by Carolina Mills as a 
customer service representative. Teddy is 
employed by Mocaro Dyeing and Finishing 
in Statesville as a shift supervisor. They 
live in Conover... Kristin Ann Waldon '87 
to Wade Lester Spencer '87, both of 
Cary, on June 5. Kristin is employed by 
Western Wake Medical Center as an 
orthopedic nurse. Wade is employed by 
Belk of Morrisville and attends Vance 
Granville College in the radiologic technol- 
ogy program. They live in Cary... Margaret 
Suzanne Fisher '88 of Fletcher to Scott 
Dale Danks of Asheville on May 29. 
Suzanne is an orthopedic physician 
assistant with Dr. Paul L. Saenger at Blue 
Ridge Bone and Joint Clinic in Asheville. 
Scott is employed in the operating room at 
Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. 
They reside in Fletcher... Margaret Anne 
Fleming '88, originally from Asheboro, to 
Dallas Locklear on Nov. 28, 1992. Marga- 
ret teaches hearing impaired students in 
the Robeson County Schools. Dallas is a 
reactor technician for Borden Products & 
Industrial Packaging in Fayetteville. They 
live-in Pembroke. ..Lisa Kay Lawing '88 
of Lincolnton to Jonathan Killian Bolick of 
Maiden on June 19. Lisa is the band and 
choral director at Maiden High School. 
Jonathan is employed by Huffman Electric 
of Catawba County. They live in 
Lincolnton.. .Tamela Gail White '88 to Lt. 
Wayne Chase Weidenhamer, both of 
Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 27. Wayne is a 
lieutenant in the US Army. They reside in 
Omaha, Neb. 


Anna Christian Suddreth 
to 2nd Lt. Brinkley Holt 
/jk/| _^ Church '90, both of 
^^w« V^^ Lenoir, on June 6. 
^■^ ^^ **-^ Brinkley previously was 
employed by the Caldwell County School 
System. A free-lance flight instructor and a 
commissioned officer in the Air National 
Guard, he is stationed in Del Rio, Texas, 
where the couple lives. ..Susan Kathryn 
Leazer '90 of Salisbury to Roger Dale 
Watkins of Cocoa, Fla., on July 3. Prior to 
her marriage, Susan taught second grade 
at Aycock Elementary School in 
Kannapolis and was a part-time instructor 
at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. 
Roger is transportation warehouse 
coordinator for the Brevard County 
Schools in Cocoa, Fla., where they make 
their home. ..Deborah Darlene 
Townsend '90 of Pfafftown to Scott 
Thomas Barrett on June 26. Deborah is a 
medical technologist at Forsyth Memorial 
Hospital in Winston-Salem. They reside in 
Pfafftown. .. Mira Janel Chapman '91 of 
Taylorsville to Paul Edward Lingle '92 
of Hickory on June 26. Janel is an 
eighth-grade math teacher at West Junior 
High School. Paul is employed at Carolina 
Physical Therapy in Hickory. They live in 
Taylorsville. ..Annette Ward Johnstone 
'91 of Mocksville to John Marley Gray of 
Belmont on June 26. Annette received a 
master's degree in English and secondary 
education from ASU this year. John is a 
certified network engineer with Westar 
Industries in Charlotte. They live in 
Belmont... Andrea Lynn Lucas '91 to 
Benjamin Thomas Foutz '90, both of 
Roanoke, Va., on Aug. 7. Andrea is em- 
ployed by the Iredell- Statesville School 
System as a school psychologist. Benjamin 
is employed by Presbyterian College in 
Clinton, S.C., where they make their 
home. ..Dana Elaine Setzer '91 of 
Salisbury to 2nd Lt. Martin Frederick 
Klein '91 of Sackets Harbor, N.Y., on July 
17. Dana is an educational interpreter for a 
hearing impaired student in the 
Herman-DeKalb School District in 
Gouverneur, N.Y. Marty is a specialty 
anti-tank and reconnaissance platoon 
leader with the 10th Mountain Division of 
the US Army in Fort Drum, N.Y. The 
couple lives in Sackets Harbor.. .Lauren 
Ruth Schoenberg '91 of Delran, N.J., to 
David Wayne McCall '92 of Sparta on 
July 11, 1992. Lauren and David both are 
employed by the Guilford County School 
System. Lauren is a science teacher and 
coaches cheerleading and track. David is 
the defensive coordinator for the football 
team and head wrestling coach. They 
reside in High Point. ..Hanna Kimberly 

Fye '92 of Newton to Michael Robert 
Ward of Marietta, Ga., on June 19. Hanna 
and Mike both were employed this past 
summer at Camp Lutherock, near 
Newland. Mike attends Trinity Lutheran 
Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where the 
couple lives.. .Nancy Michelle Herman 
'92 of Hickory to Philip Abraham Risch III 
of Newton on May 22. Nancy is pursuing a 
master's degree in English at 
UNC-Charlotte where she is employed. 
Philip is employed by Griffith's Security 
and by R. R. Donnelley & Sons. They make 
their home in Hickory. Jennifer Sue 
Kessinger '92 of Coral Springs, Fla., to 
Clarence George Walck HI '91 of West 
Palm Beach, Fla., on June 26. Jennifer is 
employed by the Broward County School 
System. Buddy is a computer manager with 
Sears in Palm Beach County and a financial 
analyst for the Lutheran Brotherhood in 
West Palm Beach... Barbara Alden Meyer 
'92 of North Babylon, N.Y, to Allan 
Dewitt Campbell HI '92 of Charlotte on 
July 24. Allan is employed by Teledial 
America. They live in Charlotte. ..Anna 
Margareta "Gretchen" Pope '92 of 
Statesville to Marshall Clayton Payne 
'92 of Charlotte on June 19. Gretchen 
previously was employed at East Burke 
High School as a German teacher. 
Marshall is self-employed with Marshall 
Properties in Charlotte, where the couple 
resides... Jane Ellen Sprinkle '92 of Olin 
to Benjamin Green Hager II of Mooresville 
on May 29. Benjamin is employed by 
Statesville Fixture Corporation. ..Monica 
Hall to James David Stewart '92 of 
Hickory on June 27. James is employed by 
Lowes Company. They make their home in 
Hickory. .Angela Kay Schmucker to Eric 
Andrew Viles '92, both of Hickory, on 
June 12. Angie attends LRC and is 
employed with the Bank of Granite. Eric is 
president of Backyard Creations in 
Hickory, where the couple lives.. .Karen Jo 
Ward '92 of Forest City to Scott Turner 
Sale '93 of Hilton Head, S.C., on June 26. 
Both Karen and Scott are teachers at North 
Charleston High School in Charleston, S.C. 
They live in North Charleston.. .Catherine 
Ann Daniel '93 of Tampa, Fla., to James 
Edward Kashork '90, formerly of 
Florence, Ky., on Aug. 7. Catherine attends 
graduate school. James attends Lutheran 
Theological Southern Seminary in Colum- 
bia, where the couple resides. ..Pamela 
Dawn Gresham '93 of Conover to James 
Raymond Knight '92, formerly of 
Connelly Springs, on May 22. Holly 
Michelle Wilcox to Chad William Hall 
'93, both of Granite Falls, on June 26. 
Holly is studying accounting at L-R. Chad is 
a youth minister at Lakeview Baptist 

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Church in Hickory, where they 

reside. ..Candace Rochelle Matthews '93 

of Conover to Kyle Dean Setzer of 
Taylorsville on Dec. 12, 1992. Kyle is vice 
president and job foreman of Setzer 
Construction. The couple lives in 
Taylorsville. ..Christine McNeill Smith 
'93 of Dallas to William Anthony King, 
Jr. '91 of Sumter, S.C., on April 17. They 
live in Summerton, S.C.Carla Ann White 
'93 to Eric David BeLongia, both of 
Charlotte, on June 5. Eric is a business 
systems analyst in general services with 
First Union National Bank in Charlotte, 
where the couple lives. 



Dr. and Mrs. Christo- 
pher C. (Kari Arnesen 
^^/~V '80) Max of New 

F\\ )S| Hartford, N.Y.. a 
^-JV-/^^ daughter, Abigail 

Masaus, on May 22.. .Mr. 
and Mrs. Aleck (Mary Brown '81) 
Alissandratos of Tarpon Springs, Fla., a 
son, Michel Alexander, on May 11. ..Mr. 
and Mrs. Frank (Lori Hewlette '82) 
Marrero of Columbia, S.C., a daughter, 
Aileen "Ali", on March 2. ...Mr. and Mrs. 
William Kelly (Cynthia Karen Morgan 

'82) Bertram of Cary a daughter, Karlynn 
"Karly" Elizabeth, on May 3. ..Mr. and Mrs. 
Michael Thomas Helms '83 & '88 MA 
of Hickory a son, Michael Thomas, Jr., on 
July 17. ..Mr. and Mrs. Roger Brown 
(Ginger Efird '85) Lowder of Millingport 
twins: daughter, Caitlyn Joy, and son, Cody 
Brown, on April 6... Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey 
(Donna L. McAfee '86) Bassett of Vista, 
Calif., a son, Derek Jeffrey, on Dec. 21. ..Mr. 
and Mrs. David'88 (April Batten '89) 
Britt of Mt. Gilead a son, Taylor David, on 
May 23. ..Captain and Mrs. Richard D. 
'88 (Christine A. Post '88) Duncan of 
Jacksonville, Fla., a son, Jacob "Jake" 
Christian, on Feb. 12. 



Mr. and Mrs. Roger 
Kenneth (Linda Jean 
Boor '91) Fuelling of 
Wilmington a daughter, 
Amelia Tess, on March 31. 





Vera Torrence '18 of 

Charlotte, formerly of 
Greenville, S.C., on June 
26. Juanita Mauney Wolf 
'23 of Charlotte on June 

22. Muriel "Mimi" Beam Dennis '24 of 
Greensboro on May 29.. .Franklin Pierce 

Cauble '26 of Lynchburg, Va., on July 
6... Barbara Angeline Setzer Deal '31 of 
Hickory on Aug. 7. ..Jessie Long Shelby 
'31, formerly of Greensboro, on May 
31... Eunice Drum Lowman '35 of 
Asheville on May 3.. ..William Davis 
Browne, Jr. '37 of Cherryville on May 
29... Mary Helen Poovey Heavner '39 of 
Conover on April 16. 



Marcus Elbert Smith, 

Sr. '48 of Tulsa, Okla., 
on May 4. 


Ralph Franklin 
Dellinger '60 of 

Vidalia, Ga., date 
v^l l£t un known. ..Agnes 
\*J \J \JJ Freudenberg 

Hostetder '63 of 
Baltimore, Md., formerly of Statesville, on 
July 12. ..Anne White Hornbuckle 
Andrews '66 of Conover on June 6. 


Presidents' Ball 

Saturday, March 19, 1994 

Lake Hickory Country Club 


(USPS 446-380) Vol. 44 No.3 

Fall 1993 
Published four times a year 
(Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) 

by Lenoir-Rhyne College. 

Second class postage paid at 

Hickory, NC 28603 

Postmaster, send 
address change to: 

LRC Alumni Office 
P.O. 7228 
Hickory, NC 28603 


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1993 Tax Act may help L-R 

by Clarence Pugh 

Associate Vice President for Advancement 

At this writing, early overviews of the 
1993 Tax Act are beginning to be 
shared, and for the most part, will 
encourage giving to charitable causes 
such as Lenoir-Rhyne. 

One prediction by Independent Sector 
estimates that giving to all charities will 
increase by $2 billion over the next 
three years! Americans continue to be 
very generous in their support of 
worthy causes. One reason for the 
predicted increase, though painful to 
some, is basically simple: some will be 
taxed at a higher rate. Since charitable 
deductions normally allow an individual 
to lower net taxes, these individuals will 
probably make larger and accelerated 

What gifts? 

Methods of giving depend on circum- 
stances, of course, but the most popular 
form is cash, and for itemizers, such 
gifts must be postmarked by Dec. 
31,1993 to be treated as a 1993 gift by 
the IRS. Those making gifts of cash 
may deduct up to 30 percent of adjusted 
gross income (AGI) in a tax year. Gifts 
over that amount can be carried into the 
next five tax years, as applicable. 
Gifts of stock and other appreciated 

assets are extremely valuable vehicles 
since they avoid capital gains and the 
donor receives a deduction based on 
the value of the asset on the date of the 
gift. Gifts of appreciated stocks carry a 
30 percent of AGI maximum allowance 
in any one year with the same five-year 

The 1993 act has another piece of 
good news — the elimination of the 
alternative minimum tax (AMT) , which 
concerned donors making major gifts 
of appreciated assets. Those gifts are 
no longer considered "preference" 
items and no longer subject to the 
AMT. This is great news for those in 
the higher tax bracket and who give 
generously to improve the quality of 
life in higher education and other 

A gift of insurance is also valuable to 
the college and can take the form of 
either a new policy or the donation of a 
policy no longer needed. Simply by 
naming Lenoir-Rhyne as owner and 
beneficiary, a charitable deduction is 
available. Your own insurance repre- 
sentative has the details on this method 
of giving. 

As in all instances, the college is 
pleased to help you in your gift 


planning consideration as you help us 
meet our needs. However, you are 
encouraged to also discuss your 
thoughts with your own tax and legal 
advisers for your best method of giving. 

Where there's a will 

Recently, the college has received 
notification of several individuals who 
have made gifts through their estates. 
As the probate of these estates are 
completed, we will be recognizing those 
individuals for their Christian steward- 
ship and for perpetuating their interest 
in this college with their will and trust 

Along with the synod's stewardship 
committee and other synod institutions, 
a brochure "A Will You Can Live With" 
was mailed about two years ago to every 
home of record within the N.C. Synod. 
That brochure offers outstanding help 
in understanding the importance of a 
will., information gathering, wills 
preparation and why and how to make 
provisions for the church and its 

If you'd like a copy of the brochure, 
contact me at 704-328-7168 or write to 
Office of Planned Giving, LRC, P.O. Box 
7546, Hickory, N.C. 28603. 

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